The AIA New Jersey Michael Graves Lifetime Achievement Award is the highest and most prestigious honor that AIA New Jersey can bestow on an individual. It is in recognition of a significant body of work of lasting influence on the theory and practice of architecture.
Established In 2004
AIA New Jersey Chapter and Region has a long tradition of honoring AIA Members for their outstanding achievements in support of the profession of architecture and The American Institute of Architects. In 2004 AIA-New Jersey President Robert Cozzarelli, AIA and Regional Director Martin Santini, FAIA sought to establish a new award that would acknowledge lifetime achievement for an architect who throughout his or her career has continually exemplified both excellence and significant contributions to the field. Further, President Cozzarelli and Director Santini believed it was most appropriate for AIA New Jersey Chapter and Region to acknowledge, with respect, the accomplishments of AIA Gold Medal recipient and internationally recognized architect Michael Graves along with future outstanding leaders of the profession. This award is presented as the most prestigious award bestowed by AIA New Jersey Chapter and Region, and therefore is awarded with great deliberation and not necessarily on an annual basis. This award will not have a commercial sponsor; it is recognition totally by and from one’s peers. Therefore, let it be known that The AIA New Jersey Lifetime Achievement Award will bear the name of its first recipient, Michael Graves, FAIA.
- The candidate shall have evidenced great depth, having a cumulative effect on the profession of architecture and society in general.
- The candidate shall have evidenced great breadth, having influenced the direction/profession of architecture and the built environment.
- The candidate’s contributions to the profession of architecture shall have consistently been directed toward the future as well as the past.
- The candidate shall have evidenced the ability to transcend specific areas of expertise or shall have made connections between areas.
- The candidates shall be widely known through the quality of his or her products by those who practice architecture, by those who teach architecture, and by those who do neither.
- The candidate shall have been a member of AIA New Jersey in good standing and has strongly influenced and encouraged emerging professional to pursue licensure.
- Chair, to be appointed by the AIA New Jersey President
- Founding member Robert Cozzarelli, FAIA, who will serve as the perpetuating member to maintain the original intent of the award
- Previous MGLAA award recipient to be appointed by the AIA New Jersey President
- One AIA New Jersey member in good standing to be appointed by the AIA New Jersey President
- One representative from the Michael Graves Architecture & Design firm
- A nomination letter summarizing the nominee’s contributions not to exceed one pagefrom an eligible nominator
- A brief biography of the nominee not to exceed two pages
- A statement/list of the nominee’s achievements/awards not to exceed two pages
- Descriptive statements and photographs of the nominee’s work. There should be three (3) images for each project represented, including a site/building plan and an exterior image and interior images as applicable and wherever possible.
- Up to five (5) letters of support, not to exceed one page each
- Optional – miscellaneous material including clippings, articles etc., not to exceed three pages
- Completed Nomination Sheet (form provided)
- Completed Nomination Petition with signatures, printed names and other information (form provided). Include either ten (10) AIA members in good standing or five (5) Fellows of the AIA in good standing. More than one sheet may be used (i.e., not all nominators need to sign the same sheet)
- Completed release forms
- Signed intern statement
- Black and white digital photograph of the candidate